Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch, is undoubtedly one of the most powerful heroes to grace the Avengers lineup. With her ability to manipulate chaotic magic at sheer will, she’s virtually unstoppable (although kudos to War Machine for figuring out one way slow her down.) Initially a villain in the MCU, she switched teams mid-battle in the fight against Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and she’s never looked back.
The president of Marvel himself, Kevin Feige, recently stated in an interview with Comic Book that Wanda is the only Avenger that would have been capable of defeating Thanos single-handedly. So, we thought it was appropriate to highlight some of her clutch moments, since her being the strongest is canon and all.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Yeah, she did that. Ripped his heart right out of his chest. Ultron never stood a chance. We’d never been so thankful to see a villain switch sides than in this moment…both because, well, she defeated the adversary in ten seconds flat, and that she didn’t do that to one of our beloved heroes instead.
Captain America: Civil War
A small moment, but pivotal nonetheless. Without her help, Steve and Bucky would have joined Crossbones in the “had a building dropped on their face” club, and let’s be honest, that would have been a tragedy for so many reasons. They also wouldn’t have escaped the battle, which ultimately helped Bucky get into safe hands in Wakanda with T’Challa.
Everyone loves a girl who magic laser beams her robot boyfriend through three floors of a massive cement compound for trying to tell her what she can and can’t do, right? It’s okay folks, he deserved it. He was about to kill Hawkeye and keep Wanda locked up like some caged animal. Kudos to him for not holding it against her though, the power of true love.
Avengers: Infinity War
Thanos had just wiped through every other one of the Avengers right before this, didn’t he? He did. But look who’s holding him at bay (while he was powered up with five Infinity Stones.) Yes, it’s Scarlet Witch. She’s also multitasking, destroying that sixth stone the universe created in the Big Bang. Does that make her power rival that of the Big Bang itself? Maybe…
Can. Defeat. Thanos. Singlehandedly. Too bad the big purple dude had to go and cheat and use his spacecraft’s guns to rain fire down on everyone — including his own troops! Sore loser, much? She had him, she almost ended it all right then and there, and Tony would still be alive…if only. One can dream, right? We know the truth, Wanda. That’s all that matters.
Can’t get enough of Scarlet Witch? Same. But a fix is coming, in the form of a six, one-hour episode mini-series on Disney+ called WandaVision. WandaVision has been teased as “so avant-garde and weird and messed up and then moves seamlessly into more familiar territory. But the place that it starts is so odd” by one of the show’s stars, Paul Bettany, to MTV News at D23. You have our attention, Paul. We also know Wanda will be making an appearance in the second Doctor Strange and Marvel’s first take at horror, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s also important to note, the show will somehow lead into that film, set to come out May 7, 2021. Now you really have our attention.
WandaVision will be out exclusively on Disney+ in spring of 2021. Until then, you can catch Wanda in all of her chaotic glory in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.